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OneSix8: How to Fill Your Week (Feb 21, 2013)

In honor of the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, this week’s OneSix8 provides you with film opportunities in the Oklahoma City area.

The Southern Oaks Library in Oklahoma City screens a film about 14-year-old Emmett Till on Saturday, the 23rd,  at 1:30 p.m. Till was murdered in 1955 after he was caught whistling at a white woman. Though Till’s killers were apprehended, they were immediately acquitted by the all-white, male jury. The murderers then sold their story to a journalist and provided gruesome details of the crime. University of Central Oklahoma professor Kole Kleeman discusses the latest evidence and introduces a documentary about the case. Because of the nature of the event, guests must be above the age of 13.

If a murder trial is a bit too serious for your Saturday afternoon, then how about a foreign language film? University of Central Oklahoma screens “The Kid with the Bike” on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Kerr McGee auditorium. This French film tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who spends his weeks in a youth farm and his weekends with the town hairdresser. Though it is not nominated for an Oscar, the film did receive the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art screens films that are nominated for Academy Awards if you need to catch up before Sunday’s award ceremony. “Anna Karenina” is nominated for four Oscars, including Cinematography and Costume Design. The museum screens the film on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. If, however, you have already seen “Anna Karenina,” the MOA also shows a number of movies nominated for both animated and live action short films on Friday through Sunday. A complete list of times for the Oscar Tune Up can be found on our website.

After you have caught up on the films (or watched the trailers to pretend you have… Am I the only one who does this?), you can join other Academy Award watchers at the Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City to enjoy the Oscar Experience. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire. But if you don’t have any flapper dresses or three-piece suits, cocktail attire will be just fine. This event benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City.

For more information on times of these or other showings, visit the calendar page.

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